Fifteen years ago Captain Liz Clark set off on the adventure of a lifetime on her 40-foot sailboat, Swell, leaving behind the familiarity of the Californian shore for the sake of finding a simpler life in harmony with the Earth. More than 20,000 nautical miles later, she remains a brave seafarer and surfer committed to a greener world, clean oceans, and a healthier planet.
Together with Captain Liz we have designed the Swell Necklace, a joyful picture of what it looks like to "STEER WITH YOUR HEART". Let Liz's courageous and humble spirit inspire you to breathe, take the different path, and cherish the natural world. 100% of the net profits from each purchase will go to Changing Tides Foundation, empowering women all over the globe to protect the planet. Learn more: www.changingtidesfoundation.org.
Captain Liz believes that every individual can make a difference: reducing our impact by the choices we make, personal awareness and positivity to collectively love and save the planet. Here are her top 10 Ways to Contribute to a Better World:
1. Spread Good Vibes
Positivity is contagious, healing, and unifying. A peaceful world starts in our own hearts, so our job as individuals is to check ourselves when negative emotions arise and take another direction. In a better world, we must treat each other and ourselves with kindness, compassion, and integrity!
2. Buy Organic, Local, Non-toxic and Mindfully
Your dollars are your voice. Let your purchases speak to your values. We can make a positive impact everyday by supporting brands and people who care about people and the environment as much as we do. By doing so, we tip the demand toward sustainable, fair trade, socially-responsible goods.
Buying local offsets carbon. Supporting organic farmers helps reduce degradation and pollution of our soils, waterways, and oceans not to mention our bodies. Opting for recycled, sustainably-sourced wood and paper products can help preserve biodiversity and the Earth’s remaining forests. Refusing to buy chemical-based sunscreen, shampoos & body wash, laundry & dish soaps, toothpaste & cleaning products means fewer toxic chemicals end up in our bodies and waterways. Do a little research, read ingredients and labels, and look for minimal and recycleable packaging!
3. REFUSE Single Use Plastics[...]view full post
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